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Former presidents fundraise for hurricane relief efforts

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Five former presidents, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush and Jimmy Carter, united in a singular plea for donations to ongoing recovery efforts and likely future efforts in the wake of Irma.

To raise funds for hurricane relief, five former presidents are joining forces on a fundraising campaign to help with hurricane recovery for the U.S., Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands.

Former Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama launched the One America Appeal campaign, with the goal of donors helping with relief efforts in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

A special restricted account has been established through the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation to collect and quickly distribute donations according to of organizers of the fundraiser.  To ensure donors that their fundraising efforts will make a positive difference, official’s note that “100 cents out of every dollar” donated will help hurricane victims.

Five former presidents, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush and Jimmy Carter, united in a singular plea for donations to ongoing recovery efforts and likely future efforts in the wake of Irma.

The OneAmericaAppeal.org website was initially launched after the ravages of Hurricane Harvey, specifically the devastation in Texas and the Gulf.  The relief efforts were later expanded to include Florida following Hurricane Irma.

Upon navigating the website, the mission and purpose of the relief efforts are stated in the following:

“Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have brought terrible devastation – but also brought out the best in humanity,”  “As former Presidents, we wanted to come together to help our fellow citizens in Texas and Florida as they recover and rebuild.”

The One America Appeal relief effort started by the five former presidents in early September, aims to raise funds for victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Money can now be donated and directed to Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

“In the Caribbean, donations will be distributed to Unidos Por Puerto Rico launched by the office of First Lady Beatriz Rosselló together with private sector coalition; and the Fund for the Virgin Islands—established 25 years ago by the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands for relief efforts,” the One America Appeal as noted on the website.

The effort organized by former presidents

▪ Jimmy Carter, 92; 39th president

▪ George H. W. Bush, 93; 41st president

▪ Bill Clinton, 71; 42nd president

▪ George W. Bush, 71; 43rd president

▪ Barack Obama, 56; 44th president

The site allows for donations of $25, $50, $100, $250, $500 or a custom amount.

“Hurricane Harvey brought out terrible destruction, but it also brought out the best in humanity,” Clinton said in a promotional video by the group.

George H. W. Bush, 93 added in a video promoting the relief efforts, ” We love you, Texas.”

“As former presidents, we want to help our fellow Americans begin to recover,” added Obama.

In a message about the hurricane expanding relief efforts, Barack Obama tweeted:

“We’re expanding our efforts to help Puerto Rico & the USVI, where our fellow Americans need us right now. Join us at http://oneamericaappeal.org.”

The effects of Hurricane Harvey were devastating.  Flooding in late August—in historic proportions in Texas and Louisiana left residents in high numbers without power and displaced. Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful storms in history, impacted South Florida after ravaging its way through the Caribbean.

The One America Appeal initiative serves as the first joint public effort by the five former leaders since former President Barack Obama left office in January. According to the former president’s, the campaign will not set up a new organization for post-disaster efforts, however, will contribute to existing funds, such as the Houston Harvey Relief Fund and the Rebuild Texas Fund.

By LeNora Millen    09-27-17

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Roy Moore: America Was ‘Great’ During ‘Slavery’

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Roy Moore, the embattled Alabama Senate candidate under fire for alleged sexual misconduct with teenage girls when he was in his 30s, believes America was a better place at a time when slavery was still legal.

Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Judge Roy Moore speaks during a campaign event in Fairhope, Alabama, U.S., December 5, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachma

At a campaign event earlier this year, an audience member asked Moore for his opinion on when the last time America was “great.”

Moore responded: “I think it was great at the time when families were united—even though we had slavery—they cared for one another…Our families were strong; our country had a direction.”

The audience member asking the question was among the few African-Americans in attendance at the rally, according to a Los Angeles Times report.

Though many will draw their own conclusions about Moore’s statement, the implication could be construed by some people that perhaps Moore is willing to overlook the enslavement of people as long as families are “united.”

From a historical context, most who frown upon the “enslavement” of people could easily point to the hypocrisy of Moore using “slavery” as a premise for uniting families.

Family separation through sale was a constant threat.  Enslaved people lived with the perpetual possibility of separation through the sale of one or more family members.  Slaveowners’ wealth was largely in the people they owned, therefore, they frequently “sold or purchased” people as finances warranted.

Moore’s remarks featured in an article from the Times in September, resurfaced Thursday in a viral tweet from Eric Columbus, a former Obama administration official.

“Can’t make this up—Roy Moore said in September that the last time America was great was when we had slavery,” Columbus tweeted…

Moore’s comments at the rally aligns with President Donald Trump’s slogan, “Make America Great Again,” a rallying cry to incite his base.

Despite widespread condemnation amid the damning allegations the Senate candidate faces—Trump has endorsed Moore via Twitter refusing to acknowledge the Mounting allegations of Moore.  Trump also reportedly said “Go get ‘em, Roy!” during a recent phone call with the candidate.

The president’s refusal to call out Moore for the allegations point to the sexual harassment allegations lodged against then-candidate Trump by at least 16 women who accused Trump of sexually harassing them during his campaign.  Adding more fuel to the allegations, the “Access Hollywood” tape hanging over Trump’s head like a dark cloud still haunts President Trump who has since refuted tape as a conspiracy theory.

Trump’s denial of his role in the tape, prompted the former “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush to call him out.  “He said it. Grab ’em by the p___y. Of course, he said it. And we laughed along, without a single doubt that this was hypothetical hot air from America’s highest-rated bloviator,” Bush wrote in his New York Times op-ed.

A recent Big League-Gravis poll gave Moore’s Democratic opponent, Doug Jones (who isn’t accused of sexually assaulting teenage girls), a slight edge over the Republican. The poll of 1,276 likely voters showed Jones leading Moore 48 percent to 44 percent. The election is on December 12.

On December 4, Trump tweeted, “Putting Pelosi/Schumer Liberal Puppet Jones into office in Alabama would hurt our great Republican Agenda of low on taxes, tough on crime, strong on military and borders…& so much more. Look at your 401-k’s since Election. Highest Stock Market EVER! Jobs are roaring back!” Indeed, Trump apparently believes a man who was reportedly banned from an Alabama mall for harassing teenage girls would be “tough on crime” and is urging voters to support him.

Beyond his views on slavery and allegations of sexual misconduct, Moore also has referred to Native Americans as “reds and yellows,” has questioned former President Barack Obama’s place of birth (following Trump’s example) and once suggested Muslims should not be allowed to serve in Congress. In spite of all this, Moore still seems to have at shot of becoming a United States senator.

Moore’s comments are not only insensitive, they also speak to how detached he seemingly is from the ravages of slavery, America’s original sin.

Moore has shown time and time again, in his remarks insensitivity to certain groups.  He’s referred t to Native Americans and Asian Americans as “reds and yellows.”   The controversial candidate compared the Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage to the decision that effectively denied black people citizenship.  Moore has also questioned whether former President Barack Obama was born in the US. And he previously argued that Muslims should not be allowed to serve in Congress.

 

LeNora Millen        12-08-17

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Former Congressman Harold Ford Jr. Fired by Morgan Stanley for Alleged Misconduct

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Harold Ford Jr., a former congressman, was fired by the financial services firm Morgan Stanley following allegations of misconduct, NBC confirmed on Thursday.

Morgan Stanley declined to say specifically what prompted the firing. The allegations were presented after a woman who was not employed at the firm accused Mr. Ford of acting inappropriately in a professional setting.

Mr. Ford’s termination reported by HuffPost as an exclusive has been challenged by the former Congressman as “false claims.”

Harold Ford Jr., a former congressman, was fired from his position as a managing director at the financial services firm Morgan Stanley for what the company described as behavior “inconsistent with our values.”CreditMike Groll/Associated Press

In a statement provided by his lawyer, Mr. Ford denied the sexual harassment allegations, stating in a tweet on Thursday that he will be bringing legal action against the reporter, for making false claims against him, as well as Morgan Stanley for wrongful termination.

“This simply did not happen,” Mr. Ford wrote. “I have never forcibly grabbed any woman or man in my life.” He added that socializing with members of the press was part of his job, and said that “false claims like this undermine the real silence breakers.”

Mr. Ford served five terms in Congress as a Democrat representing a Tennessee district after first being elected in 1996—serving as Congressman from 1997 to 207.

He joined Morgan Stanley as a managing director and senior client-relationship manager in 2011 as a vice chairman and senior policy adviser at Bank of America.

 

Amid the heightened scrutiny of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior toppling key figures in the entertainment and political arena, Mr. Ford is the latest high profiled man to lose his job in recent days for similar allegations.

Time magazine on Wednesday named the “Silence Breakers” its Person of the Year. They shared personal stories about harassment and assault and sparked the #MeToo movement.

According to Time, the #MeToo became a hashtag, a movement, a reckoning. But it began, as great social change nearly always does, with individual acts of courage.

In a tweet acknowledging his thoughts on the “Silence Breaker” quite pointed in his statement, Mr. Ford said the following in regards to news of his firing on Thursday, “This simply did not happen.  I have never forcibly grabbed any woman or man in my life.”

In another tweet, Mr. Ford spoke about his professional demeanor and his tremendous respect for the brave women speaking out “in this important national dialogue.”  Mr. Ford was pointed in stating that false claims alleged against him “undermine the real “Silence Breakers.”

Mr. Ford appeaed as a frequent guest on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” MSNBC – which is owned by NBC 4 New York’s parent company.

“We are looking into the report about Harold Ford Jr.,” a spokeswoman for MSNBC said. “During that time he won’t be a guest on MSNBC.”

LeNora Millen            12-7-17

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TV One Cancels Roland Martin’s Morning Show ‘News One Now’

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TV One is canceling Roland Martin’s morning show “News One Now,” Roland made the announcement in a tweet Wednesday.

“Fam, the sad news is true. The staff of @tvonetv #NewsnewOneNow was informed this afternoon that after four years of doing groundbreaking and award-winning work, the show will cease production at the end of the year,” Martin tweeted.

Martin, who thanked audiences for their support, said the last episode will air on Dec. 21.

Roland Martin’s morning show “NewsOne Now” was cancelled due to budget cuts according to various reports from reliable sources.

“They called a meeting on Wednesday and told the staff they were canceling the show. They’re having significant financial problems and they have to scale back,” a source said. “After four years of award-winning programming and distinguished service to our viewers as the only black daily newscast on television, the network has made the difficult decision to suspend the production of NewsOne Now as a daily morning news show. The last live show is scheduled [Dec. 21],” TV One’s interim GM, Michelle Rice wrote in a memo.

Host of “News One Now” Roland Martin speaks on stage during ColorofChange.org 10 Year Anniversary Gala. (Rob Kim/Getty Images for ColorOfChange)

The news of “NewsOne Now” cancellation shocked Martin and staffers according to sources. The network had recently expanded the morning show to two hours in September.

The memo added: “While we will continue our long-standing partnership with Roland Martin to ensure his important voice can be heard across all Urban One platforms examining issues of importance to the black community, we regret this decision adversely affects several of our valued colleagues whose positions will be eliminated with the suspension of the show.”

The network issued a statement on Twitter that read, “We are committed to providing quality news to our viewers and to our long-standing relationship with @rolandsmartin #NewsOneNow who will continue to have a voice on #TVOne.”

LeNora Millen         12-07-17

 

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